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Plastic Drink Yokes

Plastic Drink Yokes

A stack of drink yokes, known commonly as six-pack rings, are often the debris left after a celebration with family and friends. The cans are easily taken care of, by the CRD Blue Box or return-it depot, but don't dismiss those yokes to the trash just yet!

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Instead of purchasing a six pack, buy by the box – both the tins and paperboard box are easily recycled through the curbside recycling program.

Reuse

Hang a drink yoke over a hanger and use the rings to hold and organize scarves or belts.

Recycle

Return your drink yokes along with your empties to the Liquor Store, bring them to the film (soft) plastics bin in the Hartland Landfill Recycling Facility or include cut up yokes with select plastic bag recycling collections – grocery stores do not accept them.

Facilities

  • BC Liquor Stores

    All Locations
    Victoria

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot

    Carnarvon Park
    Victoria

  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    PO Box 26
    Pender Island
    250.629.6690

  • reFUSE

    304 John St
    Victoria
    250.381.6007

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.8080

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle

    1625 Bank Street
    Victoria
    250.595.2685

  • The Environmental Story

    Since 1990, drink yokes have been made of low density polyethylene (LDPE) or No. 4 Plastic, which is designed to photo-degrade after 6 months of exposure to UV light. This design feature was in response to the dangers of yokes entering our marine environment and ensnaring wildlife, widespread campaigns have also trained consumers to preempt the risk of harming wildlife; however, even though critters can now trawl through our litter somewhat safely, yokes buried in a landfill will not photo-degrade due to lack of sun exposure.